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Pedri is living the dream at Barcelona

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Pedro Gonzalez Lopez, better known as Pedri, is enjoying his time with the Spanish U17 national team, but he is loving his life in Barcelona too.

Born in 2002, Pedro Gonzalez Lopez is known as Pedri and is enjoying his time playing football for both Barcelona and the Spanish U17 national team.

“I started the season with the U17s (Juvenil B) at Las Palmas and a few months later Suso Hernández promoted me to the U19s (Juvenil A),” he told Sport.

“Yes, very much so. Great players have come from here, like Pele and many more… of course, it’s great to be in a country as significant as this.”

He explained: “Yes, it’s true, it’s a shame, but the stadium here in Vitoria we played our first two games in is really nice. I really like it.”

“I don’t think I have anything Brazilian, but OK…. (laughs) if the people say that, OK, but I think it’s 100 percent Spanish.”

“What I do think is that all footballers from the Canary Islands play in the same way. We like to dribble, playing on the street… we’re, as they say, street players,” he commented.

“I prefer to leave that to people that see me play. I see myself more as a central midfielder who gets forward than a winger. I like to be involved in the build-up play with the team.”

“Yes. We’d spoken about that previously with the coach and with my teammate Germán (Valera, Atletico Madrid player, and Spain U17’s captain), that we would change positions. I think that way it’s much more difficult for the full-backs to defend against two different players,” the youngster concluded.

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